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4 Tips to Reduce Caregiver Stress through the Holidays

Yesterday, we talked about dealing with stress and melancholy during the holidays. Here are even more tips that you can use to cut down on stress and post-holiday blues while caring for a loved one. Remember, it is okay and understandable to feel down during and after the holidays. But the more you are prepared, the better your holidays may be.

  1. It’s okay to say no. When it comes to holidays, if you feel the need to cut down on the amount of gatherings you’ll be able to attend this year – there’s no need to worry. Pace yourself – you’ll have a much better time, especially you tend to feel overwhelmed when running around place to place.
  2. Keep gatherings small. You may find that scheduling festivities with smaller groups is much easier to manage as well as much more comfortable for you and your loved one.
  3. Communicate. If you plan to host a gathering or go to one, be sure to talk to your loved one about it often so he or she is able to anticipate being social. In addition, talk to your guests beforehand about your loved one’s condition if they haven’t visited in a while.
  4.  Give yourself and your loved one a break. Realize that it is okay to take time out for yourself as a caregiver. You may find that setting aside a bit of time to relax is just what you need to reduce stress levels. Recognize that your loved one may need some quiet time too.

Last but not least, monitor how you’re feeling as you go through the holidays. If you’re feeling melancholic during festivities because you’re remembering how things were in the past, understand that this is okay and you should let yourself feel them. However, it may be a matter of focusing as much as you can on positivity, your loved ones, your happiness, and the present moment. You can find more these tips at

Charlotte Bishop is a Geriatric Care Manager and founder of Creative Case Management, certified professionals who are geriatric advocates, resources, counselors and friends to older adults and their families in metropolitan Chicago.  Please email your questions to



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